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Breaking down SOPA's financial support
January 18, 2012 - Chris Morris
I'm getting flooded with emails today that are either for or against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act.
Most are against the two bills.
The latest email was sent by MapLight, which bills itself as "a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics."
The organization doesn't take a side on the debate. But it does want you to know how money is impacting the debate:
"Entertainment interest groups that support these bills gave 7.2 times as much ($14,423,991) to members of the U.S. Senate as Internet interest groups that oppose these bills ($2,011,332).
"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has received 4.8 times as much from entertainment interest groups that support these bills ($571,500) as from Internet interest groups that oppose these bills ($118,050)."
Reid supports the Senate measure (PIPA).
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